Being overly cautious is common with beginners, or when lower ranks go up against higher ranks. This normally happens because we feel that “we don’t know what we don’t know”, so how can we compare. However, this attitude or way of thinking is incorrect.
Though new students tend to have a more defensive mindset, this really should be avoided, sooner rather than later. The newer students need to be encouraged to “do things”, “move forward”, or “take risks” in order to gain experience.
In the beginning, new players should take risks and try things. This acclimates the new student faster to the action unfolding. Getting exposed to being out-matched, or tapped-out, takes away the fear and trepidation that normally accompanies being a new student.
Think more about what you will do to your opponent vs what they may do to you. It’s much better to throw caution to the wind and get into the roll itself. Show your training partners respect by trying to do things while rolling with them, instead of just being a “dead fish”. In this case, being offensive towards someone is a good thing!
Learn. Drill. Roll. TRANSFORM!